May 1, 2014 at 3:00PM •
This week, Donna talks about pressure and what it must be like to be both a poet and the daughter of Sylvia Plath and Ted Hughes. Iain talks about how we faff around deciding what tool or writing app we should use instead of just getting on with it. Then both of them begin the long journey of explaining the publishing process, including the hows, whats and the are you sure about thats? Finally, the listener’s question, which is about experimental fiction.
April 24, 2014 at 1:00AM •
This week Iain and Donna talk about Donna Tartt winning the Pulitzer Prize and how come she takes so long to write her books. Then it's on to Shannon Hale who's told her readers she's not accessible. Do we have misconceptions about what it's like to be an author? It would seem so. Second last, it's all about curiosity and some pondering on whether writers are a more curious bunch than most. Finally, the listener's question asks if writers like all of their characters.
April 17, 2014 at 6:15PM •
The Write for Your Life podcast is back and it’s on 5by5! Toot toot! In this first episode back on the ol’ airwaves, Iain and Donna talk about writing staycations, quitting your job, winning a book prize, writing when you can, gender-targeted books for children, Dropbox acqui-hiring Readmill, and as the title of this episode suggests... chicken. Also, how to battle the blank page once you’ve already filled a load them and then stopped writing for a bit. Techniques for starting again. Getting back on the pony. That sort of thing. Go and get your headphones. This is happening.
December 29, 2013 at 5:00PM •
In the final episode of the Write for Your Life podcast for 2013, Iain and Donna look back at some of their highlights from the last 12 months. From best books read to most memorable writing moment, how do your memories compare? And what do you have planned for 2014?
December 19, 2013 at 5:00PM •
In this episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna talk about the importance of keeping up with what’s going on in the publishing industry. We then go on to cover the various tips and tools they use to track the latest news, blog posts and other exciting titbits.
November 30, 2013 at 5:00PM •
In this week’s episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna look at what it takes to be a ‘creative person’. Are we/they particularly special? A bunch of nonsensical contradictions? Other topics include how you know when a nice story you’re writing should become a novel, 50 Shades of Grey and herpes. Those last two go together. Apparently. Yuck.
November 18, 2013 at 5:00PM •
In this episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna talk about interviews, social media and how much of yourself you should share with the world. We also answer a listener’s question about how to go about getting a novella published. Finally, listen out for Iain’s rather unpleasant recounting of his eye operation.
November 11, 2013 at 5:00PM •
In this week's episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna discuss the thorny issue of having a full-time job and writing fiction in your spare time. Is it more than just a hobby? Even if you're published but still need a full-time job? Tricky business this writing... business. Other topics include finding your voice and knowing if and when it's happened!
November 1, 2013 at 5:00PM •
In this 101st episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain and Donna put their reading, writing, and publishing pet hates into Room 101. Or at least they do when the other lets them. Will you agree with their choices? What gets your goat about the world of writing and whatnot? Get in touch, we’d love to know. In the meantime, pop your headphones on.
October 24, 2013 at 4:00PM •
In this, the 100th episode of the Write for Your Life podcast, Iain talks about some of his favourite episodes, but much of the show is dedicated to reading habits. How do you choose your next book? Do you have a reading list or a set way of doing things? Choose from your own shelves or the ones at the local bookshop? Headphones on for all this and more. Plus: thanks so much for listening!